I thought when I moved up here and had access to a beautiful, spacious kitchen, I would be baking and cooking all the time...however, the fact that it is still just me makes it easy for me to lack the motivation to put any effort into meals and just stick to easy things like soups and rice bowls etc...
I have been 'pinning' things on Pinterest for quite awhile...it's a really cool website (aka time waster) that is basically a virtual pin board where you can organize any picture, tutorial, recipe, party idea, photo idea etc...that you find on the web. You can create as many 'boards' as you want and pin as much as you want...the trouble is, you find one thing, and then you see things other people have 'pinned' and in browsing through everything others have pinned, you find you've just spent hours on the site. It's a great place for inspiration though ~ my original reason for joining was because I wanted a place to keep recipe ideas I would find on different sites all in one place, rather than having to try to remember which blog or what website I'd seen it. I have recipe boards divided into "Recipes to try - sweets" and "Recipes to try - savory", and it's no surprise that I have about twice as many 'sweets' recipes to try as savory.
I finally got my act together this weekend and bought ingredients to make one of my 'pinned' sweets recipes...it's actually similar, if not identical, to one a friend of mine made several years ago when I was visiting her in San Diego (hi Leanne). I don't remember her name for the recipe, but the one on Pinterest is called "Magic Eight Bars", so that's what I'll call them.
I even remembered to wear an apron this time :) I don't usually think to put one on, but I got this one when I was at Sur La Table in Seattle earlier this summer...
Magic Eight Bars
1/2 c butter, melted
1.5 c graham cracker crumbs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 c chocolate chips
1 c butterscotch chips
1 c white chocolate chips
1 1/3 c coconut flakes (either sweetened or unsweetened - I used sweetened)
1/2 c Heath Bar toffee bits
Melt butter in microwave-safe bowl and add the graham cracker crumbs
to it. Stir to combine and press crumb mixture into a buttered or cooking sprayed 9 x 13 pan.
Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
Layer evenly with half the chips, i.e. 1/2 c of each kind of chip, then top with half the
amount of coconut, i.e. about 3/4 c. Then add the rest of the chips
and rest of the coconut. After the chips and coconut are layered, add the the toffee bits to the top.
And just because...here are pix of the most recent 'visitor' to pass through - he took a shortcut through the yard...